Four Stars (Michael Cooper)
Ash Ridge has won the Hawkes Bay Bayleys A&P Winery of the Year 2014. The second time the winery has won this award in three years is a spectacular achievement given the quality of wineries in the show. To add to our joy the winery also won Champion Merlot for the Ash Ridge Merlot 2013. This is also a major achievement for young winemaker Lauren Swift, who only graduated from EIT in November 2012, so to win a trophy from her first full-time vintage as a winemaker is an amazing result.
The 2013 harvest in Hawkes Bay already ranks as one of the greats. A long hot dry summer combined to create the ideal conditions to produce outstanding Syrah. Displaying all of the charaters that we have come to love from our vineyard, this wine also has great mid palate depth that takes the wine to a new dimension, similar to the great vintages of 2009 and 2010. Floral and silky with rich blackcurrant fruit, this wine will age very well, but pent up demand for 2013 reds will not see availability for long.
Winemaking – Fermented in small opentop fermenters, the must was hand plunged twice a day. The wine was then gently pressed off skins before being matured in french oak barrels for 10 months.
Harvested – 2nd to 9th April 2013
Bottled on – 5th March 2014
Drink – Now or cellar 5-8 years.
Ash Ridge features today in an article by Jo Burzynska, in the Viva Magazine of the NZ Herald. Describing the 2013 Ash Ridge Syrah as “Super Syrah”, “Aromatics of violet and spice infuse the fresh fruit-driven plummy palate of this silky, supple syrah.” We are proud to be selected at one of Jo’s favorite boutique wines, cheers!
A significant step in the development of Ash Ridge has been made with the new partnership with MacVine International.
Established in 1999 MacVine is a distributor of top quality, specialist wine from New Zealand and around the World. MacVine is also the New Zealand distributor of Spiegelau Glassware, one of the worlds leading producer of specialist glassware for winelovers.
Our partnerhip with MacVine will allow for a far greater availability of Ash Ridge Wines throughout New Zealand. MacVine have a team of experienced professional staff to help Restaurants, Wine Sellers and Winelovers with all their requirements.
To contact any of the MacVine staff, follow the links to www.ashridgewines.co.nz/find-the-wines/in-new-zealand or www.macvine.co.nz/contact-details.
Ash Ridge has introduced a second range of wines that offer early drinking and exceptional value for money.
This range of Hawke’s Bay wines reflect the truely unique environment that has been developed over the ages by nature,
“The Hills and Rivers of Hawkes Bay have combined over millenia to produce the ideal environment for producing amazing wine. Using modern winemaking techniques “Hills and Rivers” has created a range of wines that truely reflect their origin.”
A recent review by leading NZ wine reviewer Michael Cooper has awarded the 2012 Ash Ridge Chardonnay 2012 4 Stars. Michael describes the wine as “………………………….”. Another great review is giving the winemaking team a real boost, as its always nice to get positive feedback on your efforts. Watch out for upcoming releases from Ash Ridge as our wines are going from strength to strength as the vineyards mature and really hit their stride.
Its always gratifying to be recognized in a widely read publication. So we were really pleased to read the following extract in the most recent edition of KiaOra Magazine. Under the title “Hiding in Plain Sight” the article reads “Sheltered by the hills on the far edge of the Bridge Pa Triangle in Ash Ridge. There’s nothing too flash here, no architecturally designed buildings – just a few farm sheds down a rutted gravel driveway. But the wine is superb – try the syrah.”
Our buildings are basic and the driveway has had some work, but yes the wine is superb and you must come by soon and try the Syrah!